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Black America , Prisons, And Radical Islam

Scientific Training and Radical Islam

Islam and Communism in the 20th Century

A Guide to Shariah Law and Islamist Ideology In Western Europe, 2007-2009

A Guide to Shariah Law and Islamist Ideology In Western Europe - German edition


Muslim Women I Love Most


The Other Islam (PDF)

Habs-i-nafas1 and Pas-i anfas2 as Methods of Invocation


Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia




"Surely, those who believe, and the Jews and the Christians and the Sabians, whoever have faith with true hearts in Allah and in the Last-day and do good deeds, their reward is with their Lord, and there shall be no fear for them nor any grief." - Qur'an 2:62
Obey your country's laws, Marje Sistani urges Muslims in West
by Mohamed Ali | MONTREAL, Canada
Iraq's Al-Marje Al-Alaa Ali Sistani sent a message to Muslims in Western nations, urging them to obey the laws of the countries in which they live.The fatwa was delivered at a Montreal news conference of prominent Shia Muslims on behalf of Ayatullah Sayyed Ali As-Sistani "Muslims have undertaken to obey the laws of the country of their residence and thus they must be faithful to that undertaking," the statement read. It condemned all acts of violence and encouraged imams to keep a watchful eye on what's going on inside their mosques

Indonesia mourns as Al-Habib Munzir bin Fuad Al-Musawa passes away by Irfan Al-Alawi

CIP September 16, 2013

Al-Habib Munzir bin Fuad Al-Musawa. Fatiha. Photograph Courtesy of Islamic Heritage Research Foundation.

Al-Habib Munzir bin Fuad Al-Musawa was born in Cipanas, West Java, Indonesia, on Friday, 23 February, 1973, coinciding with 19 Muharram 1393 AH.

He was one of the four children of Habib Fuad bin Abdurrahman Al-Musawa and Rahmah binti Hashim Al-Musawa. His father, Fuad, was born in Palembang, Sumatra, and raised in the holy city of Mecca. After graduating in journalism from New York University, his father later worked as a reporter at the daily News Yudha.

Shaykh Munzir’s childhood was spent in Cipanas together with his brothers, Ramzi, Nabiel Al-Musawa, and Lulu Musawa. His father died in 1996 and was buried in Cipanas.

After he finished high school, shaykh Munzir began studying Islamic Shariah Sciences at Ma’had Assaqafah Al Habib Abdurrahman Assegaf in Bukit Duri, South Jakarta, Indonesia

In 1994 he went to the sacred valley of Tarim, Hadramawt, and Dar ul Mustafa, to study religious sciences for four years. There he applied himself to knowledge of fiqh, tafsir of the Qur’an, hadith, da’wa, tasawwuf, and other Islamic disciplines..

Al-Habib Munzir bin Fuad Al-Musawa returned to Indonesia in 1998, and began preaching, visiting different cities and homes. Later, on request, he founded the Habib Munzir open majlis. From the beginning, when the number of attendees was about six men, he continued to preach the gentleness of Allah.

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Obama, Dobama, And The Price of Ignorance by Stephen Schwartz

Folksmagazine [India] November 23, 2012

India has hanged Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, for his involvement in the infamous terror assault on Mumbai in 2008. The Islamabad government that subsidizes the Al Qaida-affiliated Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) to which Kasab was recruited, as a weapon against Indian authority in Kashmir, has not reacted significantly. The Pakistan Taliban, however, have demanded the return of the criminal’s body to Pakistan, amid a storm of threats against India.

Moderate, traditional, conventional, and spiritual Muslims should accept the verdict of the Indian court against Kasab, and his execution, as just. LET murders and stains the reputations of ordinary Muslims no less than it takes non-Muslim lives.

When Mumbai was bloodied horribly by Kasab and his cell of radical Muslims guided from Pakistan, not for the first or last time, a flurry of complaints appeared in Western media, arguing that the Indian megalopolis should retain its older title as “Bombay.”

Nevertheless, Westerners did not disapprove of the change from “Ceylon” to “Sri Lanka” in 1972. Nor did the issue arise after the commencement of conflict between Sri Lanka’s Sinhala Buddhist majority and the island’s Tamils, who are mainly Hindu in faith, with Muslim and Christian minorities among the Tamils, and Christians found in Sinhala society.

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A “Second Spring” in the Far East? by Stephen Schwartz

Folksmagazine [India] January 22, 2012

West Kone Yoe Central Mosque, Mandalay - Photograph by Doron, 2007, Via Wikimedia Commons.

The promise of democratization in the 2010-2011 “Arab Spring” has nearly vanished in the aftermath of Muslim Brotherhood and Wahhabi electoral victories in North Africa, continued grinding atrocities in Syria, Saudi Arabian and Gulf Cooperation Council occupation (plus Iranian intrigue) in Bahrain, and chaos in Yemen. But news from China and Southeast Asia is more positive.

In the first country, authorities have removed Communist officials from command over the “rebel” village of Wukan in Guangdong province and replaced them with a local party member, Lin Zuluan, a leader of protests against seizure of communal property for corrupt private sale and alleged electoral fraud. The Wukan party bureaucrats fled the village last month when the revolt there widened and an advocate for the demonstrators, Xue Jinbo, died in police custody.

Since the Arab turmoil began in December 2010, Chinese democracy activists and foreign observers have noted increasing factory strikes and other discontent in the vast country, predicting a “Jasmine Revolution” – a term briefly used to denote the North African revolts. Nevertheless, Beijing continues to repress dissident intellectuals – most recently indicting poet Zhu Yufu for “subversion” in writing a poem calling for street assemblies by disaffected citizens.

Zhu was detained early in 2011 for composing the verse. As quoted partly in Western media, he wrote, “It’s time, Chinese people!/The square belongs to everyone/the feet are yours/it’s time to use your feet and take to the square to make a choice.” Zhu is founder of the China Democracy Party and had previously served nine years in prison, based on two separate trials, in 1999 and 2007.

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Saudi Arabia Grants Women Limited Election Rights

by Irfan Al-Alawi and Stephen Schwartz

The Weekly Standard Blog September 27, 2011

Saudi woman, 2010 — Photograph Via Wikimedia Commons.

Saudi woman, 2010 — Photograph Via Wikimedia Commons.

On September 25, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia made world headlines by proclaiming the right of his female subjects to nominate and compete as candidates in municipal elections. The king also pledged to appoint women to the country’s 150-member, unelected “shura council,” or executive consultative body. The decision coincided with weekend celebrations of Saudi National Day, which commemorates the foundation of the state by King Abd Al-Aziz Ibn Saud in 1932, and falls officially on September 23. But the new rules for female electoral participation will not apply on Thursday, September 29. when the desert realm holds the second nationwide polling in its recent history.

As with other events in the current panorama of revolution, reform, and repression in the Arab countries, the Saudi decision has elicited contradictory analyses. The unexpected royal proclamation provides only that introduction of women into the shura council will begin with the institution’s following term, in 2013. Women may nominate and run as candidates in municipal balloting beginning with its next round, in 2015.

Enthusiastic observers may view the increased right of women to participate in Saudi politics as a major change. But, as noted in the London Independent, women, who own at least 80,000 motor vehicles in Saudi Arabia, are still barred from driving them, although King Abdullah promised them the right to operate cars on the sprawling grounds of the new King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). In May 2011, Saudi women began a brief series of protests, influenced by the mass mobilizations in other Arab lands, in which they took to the steering wheel. But the unwritten, “theological” ban on women driving remains in place.

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by Irfan Al-Alawi and Stephen Schwartz

Indonesian Government’s Backward Step on Female Genital Mutilation by Irfan Al-Alawi

Indonesian Parliament Complex, Jakarta, 2008 — Via Wikimedia Commons

Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C) is increasing in Indonesia, with the issuance in June 2011 of official guidelines from the Ministry of Health for its infliction – even though the Indonesian authorities banned the practice in 2006.

Indonesian media report that the new government regulations on FGM call for “scraping the skin” but not “cutting” the clitoris of Muslim girls. While the Jakarta government had forbidden FGM altogether because it “could potentially harm women’s health” and was “useless,” a lack of state oversight allows its prevalence and increase, especially on the island of Java.

Indonesian women’s rights groups have called for abolition of the regulations permitting FGM. The Indonesian Family Planning Association, through its spokeswoman Frenia Nababan, warned, “This gives a justification for health practitioners to damage women’s bodies.”

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Indonesia Bans Labor to Saudi Arabia After Beheading of Grandmother

by Irfan Al-Alawi

Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2008 — Photograph by Gunawan Kartapranata via Wikimedia Commons

Hudson Institute New York August 15, 2011

After Saudi Arabia beheaded a 54-year old Indonesian grandmother in June for stabbing her Saudi employer to death, Indonesia declared a moratorium on the migration of its nationals for domestic employment in the desert kingdom, effective August 1. Although the two countries were to adopt a bilateral agreement for protection of Indonesian domestic workers in Saudi Arabia this year, no such document has been signed.

Ruyati Binti Satubi, a household worker from West Java, was executed for murder after she confessed slaying the man who had contracted her. The Indonesian migrant, who has three children, said she killed her employer because she was denied permission to return to her native land.

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by Irfan Al-Alawi

Uyghurs deported from Thailand and Pakistan

Chinese influence wins out over international law

by the Uyghur American Association

Id Kah Mosque, Kashgar, Eastern Turkestan -- Photograph via Wikimedia Commons.

Uyghur Human Rights Project August 12, 2011

China must account for the conditions and whereabouts of Nur Muhammed, a Uyghur handed over to Chinese officials in Thailand on August 6, and five Uyghurs, including a woman and two young children, who were forcibly repatriated to China from Pakistan on August 8. The Chinese government’s failure to transparently handle the cases of individuals previously repatriated to China heightens concerns on the part of the Uyghur American Association (UAA) that the fates of Uyghurs deported from Thailand and Pakistan will remain unknown, and that they will be subject to torture, arbitrary detention, and possible execution.

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Chinese influence wins out over international law

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How Many Sufis Are There in Islam? by Stephen Schwartz

The Harabati Baba Bektashi Sufi Complex in Tetova, Macedonia, 2010 — Photo by the Bektashi Community of Macedonia

The Huffington Post July 20, 2011

Devotees of Sufism, the spiritual interpretation of Islam, face problems wherever they are found. In the West, many self-styled Sufis have never become Muslim, know little of the religious background of the Sufi way, and give Sufism a reputation as simply another flavor of New-Age, “weekend” mysticism. In Muslim lands, especially in the Arab core countries, classic Sufi authors may be praised while living Sufi teachers are derided as un-Islamic charlatans. And in some places, Sufis are imprisoned and murdered.

As a Muslim Sufi adherent, however, I am troubled especially by another expression of contempt very widely cast against Sufism by Islam-hating amateur experts in the West. That is the claim of Sufi irrelevance. Since the horror of Sept. 11, now almost a decade past, the identification of a moderate and contemplative form of Islam, which can oppose radical and fundamentalist doctrines, has seemed of considerable importance both for the moral health of Muslim believers and for the security of non-Muslims and Muslims alike. But the Sufi alternative to Islamist extremism is neglected or even disparaged, typically, by Muslim and non-Muslim commentators.

Western misperception of the importance of Sufis in Islamic life is complicated by lack of clarity as to who and what Sufis are. Sufis often enjoy great prestige with the mass of Muslims, based on Sufi examples of personal humility in fervor for God and Sufi preaching of love for humanity. But Sufis are not, mainly, other-worldly, exotic individuals or groups that spend all their time absorbed in semah (ecstatic turning on one foot and other forms of dance).

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History, Tragedy and Farce by Stephen Schwartz

NewsGram [India], June 30, 2011

In the most notorious of all misattributions by a modern intellectual, Karl Marx wrote in his polemic of 1852, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Unfortunately, attempts to confirm that Hegel produced such a “remark” have failed. The thought originated with Marx, not with his philosophical forerunner.

Nevertheless, while most of Marxian socialism today is discredited, its pioneer’s insight about history seems more appropriate than ever. History indeed is repeating itself, as American and other Western elites and publics call for abandonment of military commitments in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.

This is how contemporary history has produced echoes so frequent and loud that we might say history is “stammering.”

The first world war was brought about coldly and heedlessly by the dominant imperial powers of the day, which sought to restrict each other’s grasp on the world. Britain, France, and Russia, made anxious by German economic expansion and prosperity on the continent, sought to limit the German-Austrian thrust southward and eastward. Germany and its allies attempted to break the then-existing British monopoly on naval power. In the aftermath of the war, Russia lay in the hands of revolutionary communism, Germany was prostrate and menaced both by the Russian example and by the cruel exactions of the Versailles treaty, and France was underpopulated and disillusioned with its military forces, which a century before had been led by Bonaparte and transformed much of the world.

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